Gary Dahms

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Gary Dahms
Gary Dahms.jpg
Minnesota State Senate District 16
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
BirthdayJanuary 14, 1947
ProfessionOwner, Dahms Insurance Agency
Office website
Campaign website
Gary Dahms (b. January 14, 1947) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 16 since 2013. He previously represented District 21 from 2011 to 2013.

Dahms is the owner of Dahms Insurance Agency.

Dahms graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Business Administration.


Campaign themes

Dahms's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt:"As legislators we have to balance the budget, and raising taxes should not be the solution; decreasing spending should be."

Economic Development

  • Excerpt:"We must create a business environment in Minnesota that encourages research and development, job growth, business expansion and the attraction of new businesses."


  • Excerpt:"Education in rural Minnesota needs to be cutting edge in order to provide an education for our students which will enable them to compete in a global economy."


  • Excerpt:"We need to decrease the size of government by making it more efficient and accountable."


  • Excerpt:"We support today's agriculture of innovation and diversification. We must protect our food, fiber, feed, flowers, and fuel producers to allow our rural economy to thrive."

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Dahms served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dahms served on these committees:



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Dahms won election in District 16 in 2012 due to redistricting. He defeated Ted L. Suss (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Dahms Incumbent 53.1% 20,922
     Democratic Ted Suss 46.9% 18,496
Total Votes 39,418


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Dahms had no opponent in the primary. He defeated Al Kruse (DFL) in the general election.[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 21 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Dahms (R) 16597 62.26%
Al Kruse (DFL) 10021 37.59%
Write-In 38 0.14%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Dahms raised $41,410 in contributions. [5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $8,924
Dahms, Gary H $3,000
Brown County RPM $2,500
Redwood County RPM $1,500

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Dahms and his wife Barb have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Brown (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 16
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dennis Frederickson (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Matt Schmit (DFL)